Penn State students’ preliminary hearings pushed back to June in hazing death case

first_imgJohn Greim/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Penn.) — Preliminary hearings for the 18 Pennsylvania State University students charged in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza have been pushed back to June. The preliminary hearings initially set for Wednesday, May 17, will now take place on Monday, June 12, the Centre County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore and pledge at Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died on Feb. 4, after he fell down the stairs during a pledge ceremony at the house on the night of Feb. 2. Fraternity members did not call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, according to a report on the grand jury’s investigation. Piazza’s death was the “direct result of traumatic brain injuries,” according to the forensic pathologist. Eighteen Penn State students are facing charges: eight for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; four for reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; and six for evidence tampering. The Beta Theta Pi fraternity, which has since been barred from Penn State, is facing charges such as involuntary manslaughter and hazing. The Piazzas plan to sue “all of those responsible for the death of Tim, including the fraternity members, the fraternity, as well as Penn State,” the family’s attorney, Tom Kline, told ABC News. “I think the individuals involved clearly bear the most responsibility,” Piazza’s father, Jim Piazza, told “Good Morning America” on Monday. “If you read the timeline of what happened, they set out to feed these guys lethal amounts of alcohol from the outset. There was intent there right from the beginning.” “This was occurring right underneath the noses of Penn State officials,” he said. “There was a task force that was empaneled a few years earlier that did nothing to stop this. The problem was widespread. The problem was endemic at Penn State. They looked away.” Tim Piazza’s mother, Evelyn Piazza, said, “I don’t understand how they could be so heartless and inhumane.” Penn State officials have acknowledged that alcohol on campus is a “serious challenge” and that fraternity houses are especially hard to control because they are privately owned. After Tim Piazza’s death, the university added restrictions for all Greek organizations and put a hold on the graduation of students charged in his death. It published a new “frequently asked questions” website last week, launched alcohol-education programs and promised, “We will not rest until we solve this problem.” All defendants have been preliminarily arraigned, but none have entered pleas. Defense attorney William Brennan, whose client is facing one count of reckless endangerment, told ABC News last week, “The facts of this case are troubling and tragic, and we’ll do everything we can to defend this charge.” “My client has — and this is not to be misinterpreted as acceptance of responsibility or admitting culpability — my client has tremendous human compassion and empathy for the family of the deceased, for the deceased himself. This was an unspeakable tragedy,” Brennan added. “Having said that, it is my position that there is no criminality on the part of my client.” “It’s heartbreaking. If this case doesn’t draw emotion and tug on your heart strings or bring a tear to your eye, you’re inhuman,” Brennan added. “I commend the DA’s office in the pragmatic way that they handled the charging process here, because hundreds of people were at the frat house.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Arch-rival Pep Guardiola picks Jose Mourinho’s side; says he will be back

first_imgAdvertisement xiqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5i4oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E80df8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 405oWould you ever consider trying this?😱q2olCan your students do this? 🌚4iiRoller skating! Powered by Firework “He will come back soon”, said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola about Jose Mourinho after the latter was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday.Advertisement The two managers had a passionate rivalry when they were opposite numbers at Barcelona and Real Madrid for three years and there were fears that ill feeling might be reignited when Mourinho was appointed United coach shortly after Guardiola was announced at City in 2016.Advertisement However, the pair’s rivalry has been far more friendly during their Premier League years and Guardiola says he hopes to come up against Mourinho again soon.“I am on his side,” Guardiola told a news conference. “As managers, we are alone. They [clubs] contact us to try to win and when you don’t win I know what happens.Advertisement “I always say I am in the position of the manager and I know exactly what they can feel and always I am there because we feel alone. All the pressure is on our shoulders.“But he has a lot of experience, he is a top man and he will come back soon and we are going to play again.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket: Abdul Razzaq desires to make Hardik Pandya the best all-rounder

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricTrackerAdvertisement 3v2rsvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1na2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egiuc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 031jWould you ever consider trying this?😱xuwCan your students do this? 🌚4obRoller skating! Powered by Firework Hardik Pandya’s brash hitting and timely bowling has attracted a lot of eyeballs with former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq being the latest name. The former cricketer claims that he can make Pandya the best all-rounder in two weeks if allowed.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricTrackerIn a surprising revelation and a bizarre request, one of Pakistan’s greatest all-rounders got to Twitter to state Hardik Pandya’s flaws after watching the Mumbai Indians player very keenly.The former all-rounder, after stating the flaws, proceeded to make an offer to train Hardik Pandya for a period of two weeks and went on to claim that he would make him the best hitter and all-rounder before making himself available for the BCCI.Advertisement Here is what he stated in the two tweets that he posted:“So today I have been closely observing Hardik Pandya and I feel like I see a lot of faults in his body’s balance when hitting the bowl hardly and I observed his footwork as well and I see that also let’s him down sometimes and I feel like if I give him Coaching in for example UAE,”Advertisement “I can make him one of the best all-rounders if not the best and if BCCI wants to make him a better all-rounder I will always be available. Thanks,”Read Also:CWC 2019: KL Rahul aims to learn from mistakes in the upcoming gamesCWC 2019- SL vs SA Review: Proteas play spoilsport to Lankan semi-final pursuit Advertisementlast_img read more

From Coles to the Middle East

first_imgBy Rowan Forster  A Berwick man is using his experience solving logistics puzzles for Coles Supermarkets to aid Operation Okra…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img